Is There a Dentist in Lake Forest Who Can Help Me Avoid Pain?

by | May 23, 2022

The fact remains that some people have much different pain tolerances than others. This doesn’t have anything to do with “toughness,” it’s just a fact of life. As a result, many people avoid the dentist because they are afraid of feeling the pain that the dental treatment will bring. They even know that the longer they wait, the worse the pain will be, but that does little to encourage them to go. Meanwhile, they do everything in their power to avoid visiting a dentist in Lake forest who can truly help them.

Don’t Let Your Fear of the Dentist Keep You From Maintaining Your Oral Health

It’s hard to just come out and say that EVERYONE hates going to the dentist. Personally, I don’t. In fact, I’m usually pretty excited to do it. Few things feel as good as smooth, shiny, freshly cleaned teeth. However, it’s fair to say I’m a weird outlier when it comes to dental patients. Out of all the people in the world, there have to be at least a few of us that just love the dentist, right? Like, people besides me? People are known to be kind of strange, and it wouldn’t be surprising if there were some fellow dental office fans out there.

However, it’s safe to say most people do not consider a dental appointment to be a fun event. It could be having someone’s fingers all up in your mouth or even the bright lights in your face the whole time that ruins the experience. While our City Dental Center dentist in Lake Forest CA has a gentle touch, sometimes a dentist visit is going to be painful. 

Unless you are just the picture of dental health, at some point in your life you will most likely get drilled. The dental drill is by far the most infamous tool that our dentist in Lake Forest will use. Not a lot of people have heard about a dental burnisher or a spoon excavator, but we all know about the drill. The reason the drill is so well known is because of the pain and discomfort that it is known to cause. Nobody cares when the dentist grabs his burnisher because they don’t hurt. The drill does.

The Advances in Dental Technology

Back in the early days of dental technology, dentists used drills that were powered by a bow. They fill cavities with beeswax. Also, they believed that cavities were caused by mouth worms. And while we’re at it, why don’t we just assume that some dentists assumed teeth were possessed by evil spirits and the only way to rid the rot was to perform an oral exercise. Seriously would it really be that much of a stretch? Needless to say, dental technology has come a long way since those days. Long gone are the days that tooth extractions were done with a hammer and chisel. However, the misconception that tooth extractions have to be exceedingly painful is still a prevalent misconception. 

Due to the advances in dental technology, our dentist in Lake Forest can perform even the most invasive dental procedures nearly pain-free. At City Dental Centers in Lake Forest, we embrace all the latest technology such as digital radiography, surgical microscopes for root canal treatment, and soft tissue lasers. We employ these technologies to ensure that our patients enjoy the least invasive and pain-free dental office experiences possible. 

Here at City Dental Centers, we also offer topical anesthetics applied to any areas that will come in contact with the dental tools that your dentist may use. These anesthetics will numb the mouth and gums so that any injections that may happen will just feel like a pinch. Our dentists are also experts in sedation dentistry. In other words, we can give you sedatives so that you will be more relaxed during your visit to our office. We call this sedation dentistry. However, you will need to find someone to drive you home from your visit.

We Make Your Comfort a Priority 

Most of the time the anticipation and anxiety of feeling the pain is worse than the actual sensation itself.  Our dentists and staff will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and understand what procedures are about to happen and what to expect from them. If you have the knowledge of exactly what is going to happen and when you won’t have to experience the fear of the unknown. Knowing just when, or if any drilling or scraping will occur will help you deal with your fear.

Prior to your dental visit, you can also take your fear into your own hands. Not getting yourself all excited about the procedure will greatly ease the fear you may experience when you get to the office. You can do things like wear comfortable clothes, dab on your essential oils, and practice breathing exercises prior to your appointment to help keep yourself calm.

Sedation Dentistry Services Available at Your Dentist in Lake Forest

Our dentist’s office in Lake Forest offers our patients a variety of sedation dentistry options to reduce their pain and ease their fears. After all, nobody likes to be in pain, and we know that dental pain is one of the leading issues that cause a fear of the dentist. Additionally, we understand that each patient is different and some patients may need sedative help completing even simple procedures.

Our goal is to ensure that all of our patients are calm and comfortable during their oral surgeries, teeth cleanings, root canals, wisdom teeth removals, implanting teeth, filling cavities, surgical orthodontics, pulling teeth, and repairing dry sockets & infections. Whatever you need done, City Dental Centers offers a variety of sedation dentistry services to make sure you keep your mouth in tip-top shape. Never be afraid to ask for sedation dentistry. Also, be honest with your dentist if you feel you may need assistance to remain calm and collected during your treatments. After all, that’s what we’re here for. Here are some of the sedation services offered at our dentist’s office in Lake Forest.

General Sedation Dentistry

General dental sedation, also known as general anesthesia, is a type of sedation dentistry that puts the patient in a deep state of relaxation and unconsciousness. In other words, you’re asleep for your procedure and do not feel any pain or anxiety while we perform your dental work.

IV Sedation Dentistry

Similar to general sedation dentistry, IV sedation dentistry involves the introduction of chemical sedatives into the bloodstream in order to put you to sleep for your procedure. Unlike regular sleep, you won’t dream. Additionally, you won’t wake up until after your procedure ends.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, the use of the N02 (known casually as laughing gas), is a safe and effective anesthetic when mixed with oxygen. Unlike general sedation and IV sedation, nitrous oxide sedation is primarily used for calming nerves and relaxing the body. Expect a general body-wide sense of numbness and lightheadedness while still remaining awake and able to interact with your dentist during the operation.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is a simplistic method of dental sedation utilizing oral medications. This makes it an extremely convenient and popular option for any patients who aren’t in need of complete sedation but who may be afraid of needles or who get claustrophobic wearing masks. During oral conscious sedation, you’ll be placed into a state of calm and deep relaxation, similar to that of a light nap.

How Can I Avoid Seeing My Lake Forest Dentist as Much as Possible?

Ok, this one makes us laugh, but we need to address it. After all, if you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re scared of the dentist. Or pain. Or both! As a result, you may want to know how you can avoid paying your Dentist in Lake Forest a visit until it’s absolutely necessary. First, let’s squash that notion! Yes, we get it. You don’t want to deal with dental pain. We understand. But don’t let that put you in an avoidance mindset! Thinking like that spins everything all wrong and there’s a damn good chance you’ll regret framing your oral healthcare in such a way.

Instead, take care of your teeth as much as possible at home, on your own. Then, make sure to come in for checkups, X-rays, and cleanings when necessary. Ya, you heard us! Don’t skip those visits. They may seem like a really easy way to avoid those dental trips you hate. However, avoiding your friendly dentist in Lake Forest will only hurt you in the long run. And you’re not a fan of pain right? Keep in mind that a cleaning now is better than a rotting tooth and root canal later. We promise the root canal will be worse. With that said, here are some ways you can avoid visiting our dental office in Lake Forest California, and keep your teeth happy and healthy.

Practice Dental Hygiene 

The best way to make sure that you will not have to experience pain at the dentist is to practice dental hygiene. If you are following all the advice that your dentist in Lake Forest is giving you, then even routine teeth cleanings will be completely painless. Brush your teeth after every meal and flossing daily is the first step in keeping your teeth clean and your gums strong.

Make sure that you are coming to each and every dental appointment and checkup. Avoiding the dentist by not making or canceling your appointments is just asking for a painful experience in the long run. When there is a buildup of plaque from avoiding regular cleanings, it takes our dentist much longer to clean your teeth, which means more uncomfortable poking and scarping. If you are plaque-free your checkups and exams will be a painless breeze.

Use Fluoride to Make Your Teeth and Gums Strong 

Fluoride is a mineral component found in many kinds of toothpastes and mouthwashes. When the minerals in your tooth enamel begin to erode due to the natural acids that it encounters in food and drinks, cavities form. When you introduce fluoride into your mouth environment, it “remineralizes” your teeth.

Also, your friendly dentist will provide professional fluoride treatments that will really get to every tooth and even into the root of your teeth to strengthen and protect them from cavities. Professional fluoride treatments are completely pain-free and will ensure that your next cleaning will be quick and easy.

If you are afraid of making that dentist appointment because you are afraid of feeling pain, call our City Dental Center dentist in Lake Forest today we will discuss all of the ways we can name your next appointment pain-free.

A Convenient Dentist in Lake Forest California & Beyond

Doctor Sam Shahovesi and the team at City Dental Centers are here to provide our patients with the best dental services and dental surgeries for children and adults of all ages. From toddlers to seniors, City Dental Centers offers six convenient dentist offices in Southern California. We even have a dedicated children’s dentist office, City Dental Kids & Braces, to cater to the special physical and emotional needs of children.

Whether you need checkups, x-rays, braces, bonding, teeth whitening, sealants, oral cancer screenings, root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, or tooth extraction, City Dental Centers is here to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. If you’re looking for a quality dentist that won’t break the bank, give your local City Dental Center a try today.

Contact The Nearest Dentist to You

Ready to experience the best dentists in Los Angeles? Choose one of the convenient dental offices we have surrounding LA. We have dental practices in Azusa, Corona, Lake Forest, Montclair, Pico Rivera, and West Covina. You can call our main line at (888) 624-8933 or reach out to an office directly with the information below. Alternatively, you can visit our new patients & first visits page for more info. We’re so happy you’ve chosen City Dental Centers. We can’t wait to help you along your dental journey and brighten your beautiful smile!

Dentist in Azusa, CA

Location: 483 S. Citrus Ave. Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 966-3400

Dentist in Corona, CA

Location: 161 McKinley St. STE 102, Corona, CA 92879
Phone: (951) 737-3746

Dentist in Lake Forest, CA

Location: 24602 Raymond Way #210, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: (949) 461-5800

Dentist in Montclair, CA

Location: 5182 Moreno St, Montclair, CA 91763
Phone: (909) 295-3477

Dentist in Pico Rivera, CA

Location: 9400 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: (562) 949-2526

Dentist in West Covina, CA

Location: 154 Plaza Dr, West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: (626) 962-1722